Haynes scores 50 points in Calera win over Jess Lanier

Calera High School put a devastating loss to Shelby County in the past quickly.

Sophomore point guard Deondre Haynes scored a career-high 50 points to lead the Eagles to an 87-71 win Dec. 10 over Class 6A’s Jess Lanier just two days after a 38-point loss to the rival Wildcats.

The Eagles (4-5) were nearly perfect from the floor as they built a 56-25 lead at halftime against Jess Lanier. Calera made 23-of-27 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws in the opening half.

Haynes also came close to perfection during the game. Haynes nailed 19-of-21 field goals, including three 3-pointers, and 9-of-10 free throws on his way to a career-high.

Blayne Sumrall added 16 points.

Shelby County 80, Parkway Christian 39

Jordan Simon led the Wildcats (5-1) with 28 points. Ethan Patterson added 12 points and Tae Lewis chipped in 11 points.

Cornerstone Christian 62, Bessemer Academy 38

Cornerstone Christian jumped out to an 23-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Chargers defeated Bessemer Academy. With the win, the Chargers improved their record to 6-0.

Cornerstone coach Tim Smith wasn’t completely happy with the 34-point win.

“We’ve got to get better shooting free throws,” Smith said. “If we don’t, we won’t make it very far in the playoffs.”

The Chargers were 20-of-41 from the free-throw line on the night.

Ten different players scored for Cornerstone, led by J.V. McKinney with 23 points. Kendall Moore added 10 points for the Chargers.

Vincent 60, Fultondale 38

Ben McKinney led the Yellow Jackets with 25 points and eight rebounds. Juwan Rogers finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Devanta Williams chipped in 10 points and eight assists.

Briarwood Christian 53, Hueytown 52

James Palmer led the Lions with 16 points. Kalan Reed added 11 points. Jason Laatsch finished with 10 points.

GIRLS

Cornerstone Christian 48, Bessemer Academy 45

Destiny Dillard scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds leading the Chargers to a victory over Bessemer Academy.

Chelsey Dunnaway added 11 points and five rebounds. Jana Armstrong chipped in nine points and six rebounds as the Lady Chargers improved to 5-1 on the season.

Thompson 52, Vestavia Hills 45

Courtnie Moncrief led the Warriors with 10 points.

Mark Windham contributed to this report.